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July 21, 2019

One of the common questions I am often asked at school author visits is, "Have you written any books about _______________[fill in the sport]. Though I have written more than a dozen sports books, they were largely confined to baseball, basketball and hockey.

That all changed this year.

In September, I have a series of four sports books being released through Capstone Press that branch out beyond the big three. The series focuses on teaching young readers about four different sports, both team and in...

March 15, 2019

The fruits of what has been an incredibly busy 18 months continue to bloom. I have four new children's books coming out in the fall through
Capstone Press
. The series focuses on cars and technology.

As I  have been sharing with students during my recent school author visits and writing workshops, this was an incredibly challenging series for me to write. Unlike many people I know, I am not "into cars." My main goal is for my car to start and for the radio to work. I'm also not the most tech-savvy pe...

February 12, 2019

I am excited to share my new titles at all of my spring author visits and my 12 new books will be coming out in August and September, just in time for the 2019-20 school author visit season.

February 10, 2019

Last week was a good week in the world of school author visits. I spent Friday with more than 400 students at West Buffalo Charter School for an awesome day talking reading and writing. After a school assembly to begin the day, we broke out for grade-level writing workshops. The students were some of the most engaged, creative and enthusiastic I've worked with, and they came up with some amazing characters, settings and plots during our workshop time together.


January 11, 2019

When I announced a few weeks ago that I would be giving away a free school author visit in honor of my mom, who passed away in December, I never expected the response to be so strong. Thank you to all of the people who shared my post on social media and to all of the teachers, librarians, PTA parents and others who entered your school for a chance to win. I truly wish I could visit every one of your school's this year.

We printed out the names of every school that entered, put them all in my trusty Bo...

December 29, 2018

2019 is a big year for me as a writer. I have several new books coming out, and by the end of the year I will have 35 children's books in print.

In my career, I have authored more than 4,000 by-lined articles, written 35 books and shared my school author visits and writing workshops with tens of thousands of children across the country. None of that would have been possible without the love, support, and guidance of my mom.

She taught me the value of hard work. She instilled a passion for reading and...

August 22, 2018

A busy writing year continues as I work on my 28th children's book. "The Essential Guide to Deer Hunting for Kids" will be released in the fall. This non-fiction title is geared toward young hunters (and those that aspire to hunt) and covers hunting safety, equipment, and strategies for making the most of your hunting experience.

Filled with colorful, engaging photos and graphics, this book will draw in even the most reluctant readers with an engaging approach to educating new hunters.

"The Essential G...

February 28, 2018

At the urging of my wife, I applied for a scholarship to attend a four day writing workshop hosted by the Highlights Foundation. The specific workshop (they have many) that I applied for is focused on writing first chapter books and books for beginner readers. It is an area that I would love to expand my writing into, and I though this would be a great opportunity.

I recently found out I was accepted and offered a grant to attend the workshop retreat. It is June 10-13 in the Poconos and I am really lo...

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